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Need to know why my tattoo got infected.


Tom182

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I recently got a tattoo and Id like to know why it got infected I have a suspicion it was overworked but I'm not sure I have a picture attached just search the link . 20191112_180029.jpg . I've been cleaning it as I'm meant too but all of a sudden it started going weird .
 



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Hi pal sorry to hear that. Was a friend of yours who did it ? has he done it in a clean environment ? did he use aseptic techniques ?are you sure is infected ? it looks an alergic reaction to the ink, but better off go to a gp before it gets worse.
 

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Hi pal sorry to hear that. Was a friend of yours who did it ? has he done it in a clean environment ? did he use aseptic techniques ?are you sure is infected ? it looks an alergic reaction to the ink, but better off go to a gp before it gets worse.
It was a apprentice who did it and as far as I'm aware everything was cleaned properly, he did over one line quite a lot wether that's to do with it as there's a lot of ink buildup on some areas. Aseptic techniques? . I saw a GP today I got prescribed Antibiotics and anti histomean for the itching around the area.
 

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It could have been overworked but if that was the case the mentor should have said something , if it's infected could have been due to the poor cleaning procedures, or the aftercare perhaps?hopefully you will get better soon
 

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Nothing was said when he was working the one area quite a bit and yeah could of been I was t instructed to well on aftercare. It was anti bacterial soap and coconut oil which apparently for when it's healed
 

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i do the same as you regarding the soap and coconut oil, well just in case just let the tattooist know in order for him to avoid the same mistake again, theres probably not much else you can do.
 

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i do the same as you regarding the soap and coconut oil, well just in case just let the tattooist know in order for him to avoid the same mistake again, theres probably not much else you can do.
I've had to switch to Baby rash cream seems to work a lot better. Yeah I think I'll have to might to. I'm just going to let it do what it does and see what remains whilest continueing normal cleaning routine. I think also I should have been told to cover it again until it starts scabbing due to it being a open wound for a few days as I didn't realise a lot of people cover it for a few days
 

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It looks like some sort of rash from shaving the area ,I’m thinking he may of used an old razor or something, I only ever cover tattoos for the first two hours ,just till the blood and plasm stop leaking ,then I wash ,Pat dry and leave to air dry for two days ,then apply bepanthen sparingly for a few days
 

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What was your care routine?

Your picture is quite wet and shiny, so during this infection I can't speak on the artists technique, overworking signs are masked by the infection. And the infection and overworking can both result in loss of pigment to the area as your immune system and antibiotics attack it.

As for how or at what point it got infected, is usually during the healing process.
Everyone heals differently. Everyone has different techniques. Ultimately you need to find something and a routine that works for you and your body. Your body will let you know, but you need to learn to read the signs.


Bacteria lives on everything. It could be from your sheets, your sweater, pets, the towel you use to dry it after washing. The first 3 days are critical as it is an open wound.

Be careful choosing to cover it after you remove the first bandage. If you cover it incorrectly you will create a wonderful bacteria playground that is moist and warm. Or when leaking ink and plasma, you will heal to it and have to peal it off. Both are not ideal.

🚫Cotton pads are not ideal.
🚫Saranwrap is not ideal.
🚫Gause is not ideal.

✔You need a sterile non stick pad that will wick plasma off your skin.

If you don't have days off, have pets, work in a dirty environment, ask your artist about:

✔Second skin
✔Tegaderm
✔Saniderm.

It may be an alternative for you. Or even a hybrid healing technique, where you use it for only the most critical first days while your skin heals.

But it could also be from your aftercare. Coconut oil is wonderful and moisturizing. But it is also heavy. Too much and your skin will look shiny and rather than help you, and obsorb into your skin, it will sit on top and create a warm. Moist. Environment, for bacteria to grow. Regardless of its antibacterial properties. This applies to most if not all, aftercare lotions, creams etc.

A good rule of thumb is "how much you think you need, use half." Then run the side of your clean or gloved hand down the entire tattoo to remove excess.


As for the infection itself, it is most likely infected with staph bacteria. A staphococol infection will break out around the tattoo in hive, almost blister like eruptions while the tattoo itself is red, irritated, and at worse pus filled.

The way to treat this now is a course of antibiotics. If the antibiotics do not take it away, and you continue to see that deep red boarder, you need to go back for a follow up.

In my opinion, ask your doctor for a prescription for fucidin ointment. This ointment directly kills this type of bacteria. Use it sparingly 1-2 times a day (breakfast, and night) and up to 3 times a day IF NEEDED, and pair it with a dexidin 4 or chlorahexide detergent an anti bacterial soap that should be available for pre surgical procedures at your local pharmacy without a prescription, also proven to kill this type of bacterium.

When you get a tattoo its normal to have a small bit of irritation which will be pink in color. This irritation will get better over time. And not worse. It should not last more than a day or two. If you see any area of the tattoo take on a dark pink or a dark red coloration, it is a minor skin infection. You can curb it before it gets to this point by replacing your healing ointment with a Polysporn, triple antibiotic ointment, and applying it thinly over the area twice a day in place of your moisturizer. This is heavy, so use sparingly, don't drown your tattoo. The polysporn will cause your body to treat everything as a threat, and sometimes will aid in the release of some pigments. However, your health is top priority, and loss of some pigment can be fixed in a touch up appointment.

Some may agree and some may disagree. You'll need to find what works for you, but this is my opinion on what and where could have gone wrong, outside of the shop. And what you can do to prevent it on your end, or curb if if you see it happening.
 

Tom182

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What was your care routine?

Your picture is quite wet and shiny, so during this infection I can't speak on the artists technique, overworking signs are masked by the infection. And the infection and overworking can both result in loss of pigment to the area as your immune system and antibiotics attack it.

As for how or at what point it got infected, is usually during the healing process.
Everyone heals differently. Everyone has different techniques. Ultimately you need to find something and a routine that works for you and your body. Your body will let you know, but you need to learn to read the signs.


Bacteria lives on everything. It could be from your sheets, your sweater, pets, the towel you use to dry it after washing. The first 3 days are critical as it is an open wound.

Be careful choosing to cover it after you remove the first bandage. If you cover it incorrectly you will create a wonderful bacteria playground that is moist and warm. Or when leaking ink and plasma, you will heal to it and have to peal it off. Both are not ideal.

🚫Cotton pads are not ideal.
🚫Saranwrap is not ideal.
🚫Gause is not ideal.

✔You need a sterile non stick pad that will wick plasma off your skin.

If you don't have days off, have pets, work in a dirty environment, ask your artist about:

✔Second skin
✔Tegaderm
✔Saniderm.

It may be an alternative for you. Or even a hybrid healing technique, where you use it for only the most critical first days while your skin heals.

But it could also be from your aftercare. Coconut oil is wonderful and moisturizing. But it is also heavy. Too much and your skin will look shiny and rather than help you, and obsorb into your skin, it will sit on top and create a warm. Moist. Environment, for bacteria to grow. Regardless of its antibacterial properties. This applies to most if not all, aftercare lotions, creams etc.

A good rule of thumb is "how much you think you need, use half." Then run the side of your clean or gloved hand down the entire tattoo to remove excess.


As for the infection itself, it is most likely infected with staph bacteria. A staphococol infection will break out around the tattoo in hive, almost blister like eruptions while the tattoo itself is red, irritated, and at worse pus filled.

The way to treat this now is a course of antibiotics. If the antibiotics do not take it away, and you continue to see that deep red boarder, you need to go back for a follow up.

In my opinion, ask your doctor for a prescription for fucidin ointment. This ointment directly kills this type of bacteria. Use it sparingly 1-2 times a day (breakfast, and night) and up to 3 times a day IF NEEDED, and pair it with a dexidin 4 or chlorahexide detergent an anti bacterial soap that should be available for pre surgical procedures at your local pharmacy without a prescription, also proven to kill this type of bacterium.

When you get a tattoo its normal to have a small bit of irritation which will be pink in color. This irritation will get better over time. And not worse. It should not last more than a day or two. If you see any area of the tattoo take on a dark pink or a dark red coloration, it is a minor skin infection. You can curb it before it gets to this point by replacing your healing ointment with a Polysporn, triple antibiotic ointment, and applying it thinly over the area twice a day in place of your moisturizer. This is heavy, so use sparingly, don't drown your tattoo. The polysporn will cause your body to treat everything as a threat, and sometimes will aid in the release of some pigments. However, your health is top priority, and loss of some pigment can be fixed in a touch up appointment.

Some may agree and some may disagree. You'll need to find what works for you, but this is my opinion on what and where could have gone wrong, outside of the shop. And what you can do to prevent it on your end, or curb if if you see it happening.
Thank you for that advice I also have another question. I have eczema and I had a flare up shortly after getting this tattoo and I really need to get it reworked but I'm worried I'll flare up again is there any solution towards this. Would it just be have antibiotics for the flare up as soon as I notice any signs or try test if it a reaction the zinc or due to the ink itself and what it contains.
 

Tom182

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It looks like some sort of rash from shaving the area ,I’m thinking he may of used an old razor or something, I only ever cover tattoos for the first two hours ,just till the blood and plasm stop leaking ,then I wash ,Pat dry and leave to air dry for two days ,then apply bepanthen sparingly for a few days
It was a new razor as there was the little plastic bit at the top so possibly. to do with storage??
 

Tom182

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It was down to overworking as I went to a tattoo shop today to ask how much it would be to touch up my tattoo. The artist immediately saw it had been butchered pretty much and asked was there puss etc. So I will be getting it professionally worked on to fix it and hopefully the chance of a flare up us reduced
 
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